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CM, Badal engage in wordy duel
Motion of thanks to Governor’s Address passed
Chandigarh, March 21
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha was today witness to a wordy duel between Capt Amarinder Singh and Leader of the Opposition, Parkash Singh Badal, who spoke on the Governor’s Address. 

Akali, BJP MLAs walk out
Chandigarh, March 21
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today unanimously passed the supplementary demands for grants for 2002-03 without any discussion. The 24 grants passed by the House involved a gross additional expenditure of Rs 748.36 crore, which comprised Rs 533.43 crore on the revenue account and Rs 214.93 crore on the capital account.

Education Dept cancels new GPF accounts
Bathinda, March 21
The state Education Department has cancelled the account numbers of General Provident Fund allotted to its new employees. The numbers were issued to them after October 2002, as per the orders of the Director Public Instruction Schools, Punjab. .

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Hectic schedule awaits President
Chandigarh, March 21
President APJ Abdul Kalam has a hectic schedule lined up for him as he will participate in as many as 18 functions spread over four cities during his 12-hour visit to Punjab on March 23 .

Science city awaits President
1,200 students to meet Dr Kalam
Chandigarh, March 21
The Pushpa Gujral Science City will be the venue of interaction between the President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, and 1,200 students on March 23. The project cost of Science City, spread over 71 acres, is Rs 100 crore. The Centre is contributing Rs 70 crore and the state government Rs 30 crore.


Garcha chief of Sangrur MC
Sangrur, March 21
Mr Harbans Singh Garcha, Congress municipal councillor from ward number 3, was today elected president of the Sangrur Municipal Council. Mr Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, SDM, Sangrur, said Mr Garcha, Mr Vinod Kumar Shammi and Mr Sajjan Ram had been elected the president, the senior vice-president and the junior vice-president, respectively, of the council.

Bassi Pathana MC chief elected
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 21
Mrs Amita Tangri, wife of senior Congress leader Mr O.P. Tangri, was unanimously elected president of the Municipal Council, Bassi Pathana, at an election meeting held at the Council office today.

Sunam MC chief’s post goes to Cong
Sunam, March 21
Ms Geeta Sharma of the (Congress) was yesterday elected president of Municipal Council with the help of four Congress Municipal Councillors six independents and the SAD MLA Parminder Singh Dhindsa.

BJP’s executive to meet in Indore
Ludhiana, March 21
The two-day national executive meeting of the BJP to be held in Indore on April 4 will dwell on the recent poll debacles besides finalising the strategy for Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh.


Gold-plating work at Golden Temple begins
Amritsar, March 21
Gold-plating of interiors in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple started here today. The restoration work would also involve ‘nakkashi' work besides “meenakari” and inlay work by Birmingham based Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevak Jatha led by Mahinder Singh.

Vedanti had offered to quit, says Manjit Singh
Amritsar, March 21
Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Akal Takht and Prof Manjit Singh, former Jathedar had offered their resignations to the SGPC chief many times in the past. This was disclosed in a letter faxed to Prof Manjit Singh to the Akal Takht secretariat, here today.

Calendar to be effective by Baisakhi
Amritsar, March 21
Even as the panel on the Nanakshahi calendar yesterday decided to submit the final draft of the calendar, authored by Canada-based Sikh scholar Pal Singh Purewal, by March 28, Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar announced that it would be implemented by Baisakhi (April 14).

As wheat harvest time approaches, a farmer inspects sickles at Bathinda on Friday. — photo Kulbir Beera 

SSP summoned in disappearance case
Chandigarh, March 21
Mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Mansa district resident’s minor daughter trudged towards a solution with a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directing the Senior Superintendent of Police to be present in the Court, along with the relevant record.

Subway gets MC’s approval
Patiala, March 21
The Patiala Municipal Corporation yesterday passed a proposal to construct an underground subway near the bus-stand to remove traffic congestion in the area besides deciding to allow submission of water, sewerage and house tax bills through banks.

Jaundice spreads, 150 taken ill
Mansa, March 21
Jaundice has broken out in the district, including the Mansa city. According to reports more than 500 persons are suffering from the disease although the official sources claimed the number of patients to be around 150.

Guru Ki Kashi to have 3 liquor shops
Talwandi Sabo, March 21
The state Excise and Taxation authorities have decided to open three liquor shops in this holy town from April 1, 2003. Official sources said auction for country liquor shops was held in Bathinda town where senior Excise and Taxation officials were also present.

Woman MLA takes on bureaucracy
Chandigarh, March 21
The Congress MLA from Malerkotla, Ms Razia Sultana, today lambasted the bureaucracy and urged her elected colleagues to show it its proper place in a democratic government.

Clemency for Bhullar: Sikh bodies to demonstrate
Amritsar, March 21
A “joint defence committee” of Sikh organisations seeking pardon for Davinder Singh Bhullar announced a demonstration near the Parliament House in Delhi on March 30. The demonstrators would assemble at Bangla Sahib Gurdwara before proceeding to the Parliament House, source said.

‘Implement 85th Amendment’
Bathinda, March 21
The Punjab unit of the Confederation of SC/BC/ST Organisations has urged the state government to implement the 85th Constitutional Amendment.

Christian leaders’ assurance to Vedanti
Jalandhar, March 21
The Catholic Brotherhood, a body formed by the Catholic Bishop Dr. Symphorian Keeprath with the objective of clearing any misunderstanding between the Sikhs and the Christians, has assured Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti that the Christians are ready for an inter-religious dialogue on the issue of conversion and cooperate with any enquiry instituted by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

‘Exempt medicines from taxes’
Bathinda, March 21
Even as the state government is preparing to implement the Value Added Tax the Punjab Chemists Association has demanded that the medicines should be exempted from all types of taxes.

Judge inspects dist courts
Kapurthala, March 21
Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court arrived here yesterday on a three-day annual inspection of the district courts.

Man killed
Bathinda, March 21
A 40-year-old man was killed when he accidentally fell from a moving train near Katarsinghwala village on the Bathinda-Delhi track about 27 km from here on Thursday night.


57 supervisors suspended
Chandigarh, March 21
The Punjab Government today suspended 57 teachers who had been put on duty as superintendents, deputy superintendents and invigilators to conduct the annual examination of matriculation and plus 2 classes.

347 cr for wasteland development
Muktsar, March 21
The district would get Rs 347.33 crore under the Integrated Wasteland Development Project. This was stated by Ms Usha R. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, during a workshop convened today by the District Rural Development Agency.

Liquor vends fetch Rs 3.5 cr less
Bathinda, March 21
Liquor vends in the district will generate Rs 3.5 crore less in the next financial year as compared to the current financial year. The auction of liquor vends in Moga, Mansa and Bathinda district was held here today. 


Man killed
Bathinda, March 21
A 40-year-old man was killed when he accidentally fell from a moving train near Katarsinghwala village on the Bathinda-Delhi track about 27 km from here on Thursday night.


NFL employees protest against school fee hike
Ropar, March 21
Employees of the Nangal unit of the National Fertilisers Ltd today held a rally at the Plant gate to protest against withdrawal of certain facilities. Union leaders addressing the rally alleged that the management had increased tuition fee for employees’ wards in the schools run by the company.

Babus, leaders blamed for downfall
Patiala, March 21
A two-day national seminar on politico — administrative system of Punjab organised in Punjabi University yesterday saw all major speakers holding starkly divergent views on the reason for the “complete downfall” in the ruling system in Punjab.

New policy to benefit ITI students
Faridkot, March 21
The state government has formulated a new policy for the benefit of students of the industrial training institutes under different self employment schemes in the state. Under the plan a loan of Rs 10,000 to 25 lakh will be advanced by the different nationalised banks to the applicants in this regard.

Exam centres shifted
Mansa, March 21
Resentment prevails among 600 students, including 500 girls of BA IIIrd year degree course of Punjabi University, Patiala, as their examination centres have been shifted from their home towns to the nearby colleges of the district. The students of Mata Gujri Saravhitkari Girls College, Sardulgarh and N.M. College, Maur, will now have to sit in examination at S.D. Kanya Mahavidyalia, Mansa.

PCCTU seeks meeting with govt on March 24
Phagwara, March 21
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union today sought the intervention of the Chief Secretary for ending the impasse and grant an appointment for a meeting on March 24 to resolve the crisis.

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